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Volvo Ocean Race: Navigator comments on error aboard Team Vestas Wind *Feature By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz, , 8:31 PM Fri 5 Dec 2014 GMT
Team Vestas Wind's navigator Wouter Verbraak appears to have 'fessed up to the error which put the Volvo Ocean Racer on a collision course with Cargados Carajos Shoals, some 200 miles north-east of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean. In a new video, the crew were aware they were sailing in shoal water 30seconds before hitting a rock. ...
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Sydney-Hobart Of Lemmon & Wood, Slags & Pitstops, Ruffcuts & Blasts *Feature By John Curnow, , 10:26 AM Fri 5 Dec 2014 GMT
Whether it is the 60s movie, The Great Race, or Hanna-Barbera’s 17 episode cartoon series that followed, one thing is for certain. Yep. It is time once more for The Wacky Races. Now the notion is simple. Build anything you want, and as long as it complies with some rules, you’re in! That those very rules do not yet allow for multi-hulls, kind of proves that this really is all a bit wacky anyway. ...
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Star Sailors League: Another day, another series leader *Feature By Bob Fisher, Nassau, Bahamas , 9:21 AM Fri 5 Dec 2014 GMT
The first of the day’s races was held in 15-18 knot breezes from just north of east and the start was keenly contested, particularly at the pin end, where several appeared to be fractionally ahead of the gun, but there was no recall. Those who continued on starboard tack came off best. ...
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America's Cup: Bermuda celebrates the arrival of the Cup on the Island *Feature By Sail-World, , 4:48 AM Fri 5 Dec 2014 GMT
Crowds lined Front Street in Bermuda as the America’s Cup Venue celebration took place, following after the announcement on Tuesday that Bermuda has been selected to be Venue for the America’s Cup in 2017. The America’s Cup trophy arrived in Bermuda onboard a private jet earlier that day, and was driven in a motorcade to the Cabinet Office grounds, where people gathered to get a glimpse of the ...
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Volvo Ocean Race: Dramatic images and video of Vestas Wind on reef *Feature By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz, , 6:42 PM Thu 4 Dec 2014 GMT
Volvo Ocean Race have released the first images and video from when Team Vestas Wind struck the coral reef off the Cargados Carajos Shoals, some 200 miles north-east of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean. In these three videos we show the whole incident; on board reporter Brian Carlin gives his commentary on the event; and shore manager Neil Cox gives his assessment from Mauritius ...
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Star Sailors League: Scheidt on course to defend title and big purse *Feature By Bob Fisher, Nassau, Bahamas , 12:24 AM Thu 4 Dec 2014 GMT
Conditions were near perfect for the first three races of the Star Sailors League Finals - a flattish sea and a veering north-easterly breeze that began at 15 knots and faded to 10 by the end of the third race. The 20 boats enjoyed close racing and there were, nevertheless, some remarkable results in this star-studded fleet. ...
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Star Sailors League: Quality field chase $200k prize money in Nassau *Feature By Bob Fisher, Nassau , 12:15 AM Thu 4 Dec 2014 GMT
Forty of the World’s best sailors with compete in the next four days for a $200,000 prize fund and their credential read like a Who’s Who of sailing. It has been drawn primarily from mature sailors in the Star Sailors League, but it has been extended to include the top sailors from other Olympic classes. ...
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Sydney Rigging Specialists – You can’t push a rope! *Feature By John Curnow, , 5:25 AM Wed 3 Dec 2014 GMT
Try as you might, it just won’t work. Ropes are for pulling, and pulling alone. Similarly, most things on a boat and in a rig have a specific job to do and hence reason for the way they’re designed. Form follows function, after all. So with this adage firmly in mind, let’s see what Sydney Rigging Specialists have been up to and why they stick to this theory, like rust marks on a trusty kite. ...
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America's Cup: Dalton coy on 'Major Event' for New Zealand *Feature By Richard Gladwell Sail-World.com/nz, , 6:26 PM Tue 2 Dec 2014 GMT
Emirates Team NZ CEO, Grant Dalton, speaking from Auckland, said the team had known for a while that the match would be held in Bermuda and that the announcement 'was not a bombshell' for the team. He added they would have preferred the US mainland venue of San Diego. ...
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America's Cup: Bermuda announced as Venue + Video replay *Feature By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz, , 4:27 PM Tue 2 Dec 2014 GMT
America's Cup Commissioner Dr Harvey Schiller has announced that the next America's Cup will be staged in the British Overseas Territory of Bermuda. The announcement confirms leaked information as to the Match Venue, and will be the first time that America's Cup has been Defended by US outside US waters ...
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First shots of supermaxis Comanche and Wild Oats XI side by side *Feature By Andrew Richardson, Woolwich , 9:02 AM Tue 2 Dec 2014 GMT
Some of the first 'Side By Side' shots of the supermaxis Wild Oats XI and Comanche have been posted to YouTube Jim Clark's hot new 100 ft Comanche has travelled from Newport RI - to line up against a recent set of contenders including Syd Fisher Ragamuffin for a Sydney to Hobart showdown. ...
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Volvo Ocean Race: Full rescue video and audio from Team Alvimedica *Feature By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, , 6:26 PM Mon 1 Dec 2014 GMT
Compilation of the raw video footage from Team Alvimedica as they acted as a rescue relay vessel after Team Vestas Wind hit a reef in the Cargados Carajos Shoals, Mauritius, in the Indian Ocean and decided to abandon their yacht before being picked up by a nearby Coastguard crew. ...
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America's Cup: Bermuda will be a hard sell for Team NZ to Kiwi Govt *Feature By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, , 7:59 PM Sun 30 Nov 2014 GMT
The NZ Minister of Economic Development, Steven Joyce has repeated comments about his Government's preferences on venues for the 35th America's Cup. 'It's hard to see the benefits of it from a New Zealand exporter's point of view if it's Bermuda [rather] than if it's San Diego, but we'll keep an open mind,' he said. ...
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Volvo Ocean Race: Team Vestas Wind abandoned + Video from Alvimedica *Feature By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, , 1:16 AM Sun 30 Nov 2014 GMT
The crew of the Volvo Ocean Race have abandoned their yacht and are in life rafts tethered to the reef awaiting for daylight and to be taken off by the crew of a nearby coastguard station at first light. In two videos Team Alvimedica skipper, Charlie Enright reports from the scene, two hours before daylight, and Volvo Ocean Race CEO, Knut Frostad updates from Race HQ in Alicante ...
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Volvo Ocean Race: Team Vestas Wind hits reef and will be abandoned *Feature By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, , 8:47 PM Sat 29 Nov 2014 GMT
The Danish flagged entry, and newest boat on the Volvo Ocean race, Team Vestas Wind, has struck a reek off Mauritius and will be abandoned. ...
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Volvo Ocean Race: Tropical depression proves to be circuit breaker *Feature By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz, , 8:24 AM Sat 29 Nov 2014 GMT
The seven strong fleet in the Volvo Ocean Race have been split in two by the effects of a tropical depression over the past 24 hours or so. Having been in close contact for the first week of the race, and covered by about 25nm, the lead group positioned to the east gained a 20nm lead over the three boats positioned to the west, off the coast of Mauritius. ...
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Volvo Ocean Race: Heading into a tropical Depression *Feature By Mike Scullin, Predictwind, , 10:40 AM Fri 28 Nov 2014 GMT
The weather team at PredictWind have put together this prognosis for the next few days, looking at what lies ahead of the Volvo Ocean Race fleet ...
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Volvo Ocean Race: The Traemeister's onboard gym session *Feature By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, , 4:33 AM Thu 27 Nov 2014 GMT
On Board Reporter, Brian Carlin, claimed he did not know what a Gym before he set foot aboard Team Vestas Wind. And then compounded his issues by saying that he thought 'Gym' was pronounced 'Gime'. Fitness freak Trae has taken on the invidious task of getting the Irish OBM up to a passable fitness level, believed to be 100 push-ups. ...
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Volvo Ocean Race: Thanksgiving at Sea *Feature By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, , 3:21 AM Thu 27 Nov 2014 GMT
Although they may be far from home, old traditions aren't forgotten as the US crew aboard Team Alvimedica celebrate one of the great traditions. And the non-US crew partake of their first Thanksgiving, off the coast of Madagascar. There's some of the traditional fare, adapted for the Volvo Ocean Race, and some messages and mementos from home. ...
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Volvo Ocean Race: Mapfre takes lead in Leg 2 as break point looms *Feature By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, , 7:20 PM Wed 26 Nov 2014 GMT
The latest position report from Volvo Ocean Race Control has given the lead in leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race to Mapfre (Iker Martinez). She takes over the lead from Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (Ian Walker), who has led from soon after the start of Leg 2, a week ago. ...
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Volvo Ocean Race: Big spread in fleet as Abu Dhabi leads *Feature By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz, , 7:50 PM Tue 25 Nov 2014 GMT
Abu Dhabi (Ian Walker) continues to lead the Volvo Ocean Race. She is the most westerly of the fleet as they approach the coast of Madagascar. In a video, Abu Dhabi skipper Ian Walker explains the weather hazards of the second leg of the Volvo Ocean Race. ...
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Volvo Ocean Race: Welcome to Brian's Gime *Feature By Brian Carlin, Team Vestas Wind, At sea , 9:59 AM Tue 25 Nov 2014 GMT
The irrepressible Brian Carlin, the On Board Reporter for Team Vestas Wind is on fitness program on board, under the watchful eye of race veteran Tony Rae. Today as my personal trainer, friend and fellow shipmate we accomplished a goal, 70 press-ups. I’m sure to some it maybe easy but I ask anyone of you right now sitting at your desk, hit the floor and give me 70 on the spot. ...
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Volvo Ocean Racing: Abu Dhabi Leg 2 Review and what will win the Race *Feature By Matt Knighton, OBR, Abu Dhabi OR, , 7:50 AM Tue 25 Nov 2014 GMT
Two of the crew from Overall race leader, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing look at leg 2 and the race overall. Here are the latest blogs (unedited) from On Board Reporter Matt Knighton, along with an onboard video with Simon Fisher (navigator) musing on what is required to win the race, and skipper Ian Walker on how Leg 2 has panned out for them so far. ...
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Gladwell's Line: The America's Cup is now Bermuda's Cup? *Feature By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, , 8:15 PM Sun 23 Nov 2014 GMT
The America's Cup roared into life on Friday with the publication of a story out of San Diego, saying that the Californian venue had missed getting the nod as the venue for the next America's Cup. And that being the case, then the British Overseas Territory of Bermuda seems to have got the nod. ...
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Volvo Ocean Race: On board with Abu Dhabi - torn sail and where to go? *Feature By Matt Knighton, OBR, Abu Dhabi OR, , 8:24 AM Sun 23 Nov 2014 GMT
Overall race leader, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (Ian Walker) has had an eventful few days since the start in Cape Town on Wednesday. Their goal is to be first home in their home port of Abu Dhabi - six other boats willing. ...
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